You should not be afraid to answer. I am not going to ask for your private information. Also, you are at low risk of deportation
anyway. I will explain why in a moment. First, I will assume that your J-1 is not subject to 212(e) which is the rule that you have to go back to your country for 2 years before you can get Lawful Permanent Residency. If it is subject to 212(e), you should let me know because it will change my answer. Anyway, if it is not subject to 212(e), then you have the following options:
1) Wait for the immigration
reform that comes out. If it is approved the way that they are intending, then you may be able to get Residency if you entered the U.S. early enough.
2) Apply for Asylum (you had to have done this within the 1st year of being in the U.S. unless there is a credible excuse or changed country conditions), Withholding of Removal, Convention Against Torture, or Cancellation of Removal. The first three things are if you fear to return to your home country because you believe that you will be specifically targeted due to your race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion and that you run a high risk of great bodily injury, torture, or death as a result. The last, Cancellation, you would have to prove that you have been at least 10 years in the U.S. AND you must also prove that if you are deported, a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident that depends upon you will suffer exceptional and extremely unusual hardship. This hardship must be something more than emotional separation hardship or financial hardship, so it is difficult to get.
3) If you marry a U.S. Citizen (for love, of course), you could file for Residency without having to leave the U.S. and the same if you had a U.S. Citizen son or daughter over 21 that filed for you.
As to your low risk of deportation, this is because the government is short on money at the moment and they just don’t have the money to deport everyone that is deportable from the U.S. Because of that, they are focused on deporting persons that have serious crimes. So as long as you have no crimes in your background, your risk is very low. Here is a link and the most updated one:
So at least now you know what your options are so that you do not fall into the hands of unscrupulous attorneys or paralegals that will just tell you what you want to hear.
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